Corona Virus

27 January 2020

Corona Virus:  Travel Situation

  • International airports throughout Asia and progressively in the U.S., Europe and other locations with flights from China are deploying screening of passengers arriving from Wuhan area and in some cases from China. Infrared temperature sensors are used to detect fever.
  • Passengers should expect to be detained if they have concerning symptoms or fever, especially with a history of travel to China or contact with others with travel to an affected area.
  • Several cities in Hubei province are under complete quarantine with complete ban on passage in or out by any means
  • All non-essential travel to Hubei province should be deferred.

  • While there is no official restriction on travel to China, travelers should reconsider the necessity of such travel in light of expected further tightening of border controls locally as well as upon return to your home country. Additionally, it is anticipated there will be progressive cancellation of flights to affected areas and difficulty booking seats.

  • If you display symptoms of viral illness while in China, expect to be detained and possibly quarantined until you have tested negative for Coronavirus.



  • Avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms and ensure all animal products are well cooked.
  • Patients with symptoms of cough, shortness of breath and/or fever, especially with a history of travel to Hubei Province are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

  • Use stringent hygiene practices:

  • Wash hands regularly and liberally using alcohol based disinfectant lotions.

  • Clean surfaces regularly.

  • In China, avoid crowded places and events.

  • Avoid proximity to others who are coughing or have a fever.

  • If you have symptoms (coughing or sneezing), put on a surgical mask to avoid contaminating other people and stringently cover your face when coughing.  Report any such symptoms to your manager at work before reporting for duty.

Be prepared to be screened by remote temperature sensors in airports, especially where flights are arriving from Wuhan and other points in China